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About Me

Welcome to my blog. My pen name is Eva James. I'm an aspiring writer paying the bills working as a legal secretary. Bullied by my boss in 2008, I looked for another job but the recession hit. Feeling trapped, I started this blog. Trevor Griffiths, legendary theatre, TV and film writer said at the outset, "I like the writing a lot: smart, cool, placed. If you were prepared/able to take your prick of a boss on, you'd marmelise him." I was unaware back then that it would catalogue one of the most extreme cases of workplace bullying in the UK. I've found another job, but am subject to a gagging order. I'm still blogging, of course. Just don't tell the lawyers!

Monday, 12 April 2010

A Collection

Today was my first day back after my operation. I braced myself when the barrage of insults started from Howard. I aimed to write down every one. Sometimes there are so many I can’t remember them all.

At least my colleagues like me enough to send flowers and chocolates, I thought. Last Friday a huge bouquet of flowers arrived from the office - my favourites - pink roses and Stargazer lilies.

“Been anywhere nice then?” Howard asked, taking off his coat. He said he could see I'd put on weight, how the sling was unnecessary attention seeking and how I probably didn’t know the difference between masterbating and physiotherapy.

He expressed how disappointed he was to sign a card he believed to be bereavement, only to find it was ‘Get well soon’.

I was in constant pain, queasy from the anaesthetic, but I was determined he was not going to get to me.

“And did you get the flowers?” Howard asked.

I’d already sent a firm-wide e-mail saying thank you.

Howard frowned and said I shouldn’t look so pleased. He said they’d tried to get a collection together, but no-one wanted to give. He said it was awkward. He hadn’t realised how much I was disliked.

“Actually,” he continued, “it was so bloody embarrassing the Office Manager ended up buying the flowers out of nominal office account.”

The Office Manager quietly told Howard not to be so nasty.

As collections go, I'm not bothered either way. I have my own collection. It’s the evidence of Howard's bullying, his insulting e-mails and offensive amendments. More than once he has accidentally recorded himself on his dictaphone.

And I hope there will be no leaving collection for Howard if it all comes out.

See you soon

Eva x

3 comments:

f said...

Howard is disillusioned with his one eyed mentality, his boss needs to action this to show his competence, alternatively it could be reported to the authorities with 100% evidence.

AUSOHS said...

Hi BBB! your mate in Oz here.
When this whole sorry saga is over - you've got material for a book. And it could be important - all subjects of bullying need to know they're not alone, that there are remedies (legal and other).
Best wishes. We'll keep in touch I hope!

Fiona WordsBird said...

The fact he tried to take the pleasure out of the flowers amounts to evidence that they WERE meant kindly and people DO like you.

He doesn't attack your actual weaknesses, Eva, only the areas where he suspects you might be stronger than he is.

So, love those flowers and revel in how insecure they made HIM feel!

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